Upon winning the toss, the Lymington skipper knew he would be lynched if he
made any decision other than batting first, as the sun beat relentlessly
down. So it was the Lymington batsman walked out accompanied by the strains
of the Beaulieu Band that were playing at the fete in the neighbouring
Palace grounds. It seemed for a while that the music was rousing the batsmen
to great, if slightly ponderous, feats, before J Clark (3-40) made
breakthroughs. Once again Mark Gannaway (55) let the side down by getting
out when well set and his departure to P O'Driscoll (4-42) left Lymington
short of where they otherwise would have been, despite some late carnage
from Elliott Lindsay-Wood (21no).
Beaulieu, clearly appreciating the need to keep wickets in hand, also batted
cautiously at first, and by the time that Roger Porter (32) was dismissed,
the home side were well set. Despite the best efforts of Luigi Di Maria
(2-34), Beaulieu were able to provide the impetus they needed at just the
right time, and Gerry Rickman (23no) guided them home with an over to spare.
BEST OF THE WEEK: M Gannaway (Lymington) 55